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Release Date: May 3, 2013 (North America)

Genres: Action, Comic Book, Sequel          MPAA Rating: PG-13

Production Phase: Released

Studio: Walt Disney Pictures   Production Company: Marvel Studios

Who's In It: Don Cheadle (Col. James "Rhodey" Rhodes/War Machine), Gwyneth Paltrow (Pepper Potts), Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark / Iron Man), Rebecca Hall (Maya Hansen), James Badge Dale (Eric Savin)

Who's Making It: Shane Black (Director), Drew Pearce (Screenwriter), Shane Black (Screenwriter),

Premise: Tony Stark encounters the fearsome might of The Mandarin, a terrorist leader whose Ten Rings organization has been behind a devastating personal attack. Knocked down to the ground and on the ropes, Stark must use... More »

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Iron Man 3 will be a co-production between investors in China and America. The news that the Walt Disney Company China, DMG Entertainment and Marvel Studios will co-produce the third in Robert Downey Jr.'s superhero series was announced today by Disney.

First, here's what the suits had to say in their press release:

"The popularity of the Marvel franchise globally creates a huge opportunity to deliver fans yet another action packed film,” said Stanley Cheung, Managing Director, The Walt Disney Company, Greater China. “The co-production of Iron Man 3 in China is testimony to the importance of this audience to Disney and the local industry capability to deliver a blockbuster title,” Cheung added.

“We look forward to working alongside DMG to bring Iron Man to the Chinese marketplace in a significant way. We are confident that Marvel’s stories will continue to be enjoyed by Chinese audiences, and adding a local flavor, and working with our new local partner, will enhance the appeal and relevance of our characters in China’s fast-growing film marketplace,” said Rob Steffens, the General Manager of Operations and Finance for Marvel Studios.

“Our collaboration with Disney and Marvel marks a milestone in the global entertainment landscape, as this signifies the first multi-billion dollar franchise to be produced between Hollywood and China,” said Dan Mintz, CEO of DMG Entertainment (the company with the rights to distribute the sequel in China.) “The Iron Man franchise has been a major success worldwide, and we look forward to pushing the series to new heights with Iron Man 3. The movie will further build upon its compelling storyline, and feature the hottest A-list stars, and spectacular action, which will resonate well both globally and in China, the second largest box office market in the world.”

OK, so what does it mean? Well, with Chinese money coming into the production of Iron Man 3, that means the movie will have unfettered access for the country's residents. China has a troubled history with western movies and has censored characters, events and dialogue from Hollywood movies in their Chinese release. (For example, a reference to the Cold War was removed from the Chinese release of Casino Royale.) With Chinese financial involvement it will most certainly make it easier for a more favored presentation of China to be seen in Iron Man 3.

Here's the bigger speculation: does Chinese "approval" mean that we will or won't see the character of The Mandarin appear in Iron Man 3? With last week's announcement that Ben Kingsley deal was all but done to appear as the main bad guy in the film, at the time it was said that Kingsley would not be playing Mandarin. The villain's name is considered by some to be borderline racist, so if Kingsley were to play The Mandarin it's likely that the character would be heavily modified for his Iron Man movie universe incarnation and likely also renamed.

Iron Man 3 is being directed by Shane Black and has booked a May 3, 2013 release date.

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- The Walt Disney Company. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Monday, April 9, 2012

Here's what is known: Ben Kingsley is in negotiations to play the villain in Iron Man 3.

Here is what is not known: who Kingsley's character will be.

According to the source that broke the news, Kingsley won't be playing The Mandarin. That's the super-adversary seen in Marvel's Iron Man comic books and first hinted at in Jon Favreau's first Iron Man movie. If you recall, there was a sinister organization called "the Ten Rings" that pulled the strings behind the terrorists that kidnapped Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark at the start of the film.

It's conceivable that Kingsley is playing the villain seen in Warren Ellis' "Extremis" Iron Man mini-series, someone who helps spread a plague of nanobot s. The Extremis story arc also upgraded the origin for Iron Man, making him more technologically integrated into his armor, and giving Stark more super-abilities. Whether those elements will feature in the Iron Man 3 movie storyline (written by director Shane Black and Drew Pearce) are unknown.

- Variety. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Thursday, October 27, 2011

Iron Man 3 will lens in North Carolina, specifically at Wilmington's Screen Gems Studios, reports The Associated Press.

According to a state official, the production is expected to begin pre-production soon and remain in Wilmington for 10 months. About 1,550 jobs will be created in total, with the production employing actors, tradespeople and crew members.

It will also be the biggest Hollywood production to ever shoot in North Carolina.

- The Associated Press. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Thursday, March 31, 2011

There's been a slight change of plans: instead of Shane Black writing the screenplay for Iron Man 3, it will be done by Drew Pearce. He's the man who turned in a well-liked draft for Runaways, another Marvel Studios project based on the comic book of the same name, and who also created the British TV superhero comedy series No Heroics.

Black remains onboard as IM3's director.

- Deadline. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Monday, March 7, 2011

A reader for Ain't It Cool News submitted a report from the Omaha Film Festival, which took place this past weekend. Attending was Iron Man 3 writer/director Shane Black, and he told the audience some facts about what shape the second sequel was taking:

  • the studio (it's unclear is Black meant Paramount Pictures or Marvel Studios) was "not happy" with the results of Iron Man 2. They believe the problem lies with "two men in iron suits fighting each other," and so they want to make Iron Man 3 more in-line with "a Tom Clancy-thriller, with Iron Man fighting real world villains."
  • Iron Man 3 will be made after The Avengers, and it will feature no other heroes from the Marvel universe. "Marvel is only doing crossover characters to lead up to The Avengers, and once that film is released, the plan is to go back to self-containted single-character stories," writes the individual.
  • Robert Downey Jr. is meeting this week with Black when the writer returns to Los Angeles, and will be working on the story structure with him.
- Ain't It Cool News. Comment on this Scoop (2)
Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Could it be that one of the potential directing candidates to step into Iron Man 3 is Lethal Weapon screenwriter and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang director Shane Black? Yes, it could very well be; Marvel Studios is considering Black as well as several other (unnamed) candidates. [Full story]

- The Hollywood Reporter. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Tuesday, December 14, 2010

What began as a rumor on one website turned into confirmation from director Jon Favreau later in the day.

Earlier today the Vulture website published a story that Favreau had just told Marvel Studios that he would not be interested in directing Iron Man 3. Vulture's source didn't know if the reason was creative, financial or a combination of both. Word is that Favreau was paid $10 million for directing duties on Iron Man 2 and would have asked for something in the neighborhood of $12 million to $15 million for IM3 plus a percentage of the film's gross.

Later in the day Favreau confirmed Vulture's story through a tweet. "It's true, I'm directing Magic Kingdom, not Iron Man 3. I've had a great run with Marvel and wish them the best," he told his fans.

Later still Hero Complex, the genre blog of the Los Angeles Times newspaper, published an exclusive interview with Favreau that contained more quotes about the announcement. "Marvel and I both came of age together," Favreau said. "The years that we shared were a pivotal experience. Kevin [Feige, Marvel Studios' president] has a firm grasp on the many franchises and how they all interweave and I am happy that I had the opportunity to establish the world that these characters can now play in…. Iron Man has given me tremendous opportunities and Kevin and I are enjoying a lot of momentum in our careers thanks to the Iron Man films. I look forward to seeing what others can do playing in the same world."

Vulture added that Marvel has begun the search for a director for Iron Man 3.

- Vulture, Jon Favreau via Twitter, The Los Angeles Times. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Monday, December 6, 2010

MTV interviewed Cowboys & Aliens director Jon Favreau while he worked on editing his new movie and asked him if he had any insider knowledge on Marvel's movies in production. His answer was curious but not in the way that you might think.

"In theory, Iron Man 3 is going to be a sequel or continuation of Thor, Hulk, Captain America and Avengers," Favreau answered. "This whole world... I have no idea what it is. I don't think they do either, from conversations I've had with those guys."

But that's about all that the guy who helped create the modern Marvel movie universe knew about the production plan. "I don't know a lot about Thor... I've talked to [director] Kenneth Branagh. I've met the cast members. I had a conversation with [Avengers director Joss Whedon] in passing, giving him my two cents about the film."

- MTV. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Disney has now released its anticipated arrival date for Iron Man 3, and it's May 3, 2013. The studio is continuing to follow Paramount's lead in staking out the first weekend in May as the shellhead's territory.

- Walt Disney Pictures. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Tuesday, May 11, 2010

With Iron Man 2 now out in theaters, and the third movie not planned to come out until after The Avengers, Thor and Captain America movies are released, director Jon Favreau thinks that he'll need the break to figure out how to get the proper take on portraying Iron Man's nemesis in the third movie, especially tackling the aspect of how to properly depict the villain's technology in the tech world of Tony Stark.

"I would like Iron Man 3 to pay it off, but there's so much I don't understand yet about what the world is going to be like then," Favreau told MTV. "You've got Thor, Captain America, Avengers all happening with different directors before Iron Man 3 — and that's all going to affect Iron Man 3."

"What's going to have happened by then?" the director asked. "With Thor, you're going to have all this supernatural stuff happening and magic and there's a lot of stuff going on in the world. If it's going to match the comic books, it's going to be incredibly complex for film."

And as for who the bad guy will be in Iron Man 3, Favreau knows for certain. "You have to do The Mandarin," he said. "The problem with The Mandarin is, the way it's depicted in the comic books, you don't want to see that. He also has 10 magical rings, and it just doesn't feel right for our thing, so it's either tech-based or the rings are not really rings."

"But maybe with Thor and all those others you'll introduce magic to that world and it won't seem so out of place."

- MTV. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Monday, April 13, 2009

Remember Faran Tahir's bad guy Raza, the terrorist leader, in the original Iron Man movie? Remember those hints that Raza was connected to the movie version of The Mandarin, Iron Man's comic book supervillain, like the Ten Rings flag in the villain's tent? Well, what if Raza turned out to actually be The Mandarin and when we saw him in Iron Man we were seeing him before he took on that name?

While interviewing the actor about his new part in Star Trek, Sci Fi Wire learned that Tahir is actually talking with the Iron Man filmmakers about coming back in a film after Iron Man 2!

"We're still talking about it," Tahir told the website. "It hasn't been finalized yet, so we'll see. The character didn't die in the first one, and it is part of a larger story. Iron Man's biggest nemesis is Mandarin, and my character is the only reference to Mandarin. So we're still trying to figure out how it's going to fit. The things to consider, I think, are that if it is a bigger story, how much of it is exposed [and] when."

Tahir definitely would love to come back and play the character again and sees the door open that Raza could conceivably be the movie version of The Mandarin. "Is he the conduit to Mandarin?" Tahir explained. "Does he become Mandarin? Is it just another leader of the Ten Rings, you know, thing? All the allusions [in] my first speech was all about Genghis Khan and all that, which is Mandarin's thing, you know? So I think they have created the character and the storyline very wisely. To leave it as open as possible so whatever they need to, you know, pull from, they will."

- Sci Fi Wire. Comment on this Scoop (0)
Monday, September 29, 2008

Paramount Pictures and Marvel Studios have signed an agreement that will see the movie studio distribute the production company's next five movies worldwide. In addition to covering The Avengers, Thor and Captain America movies slated for release in 2010 and 2011, the deal also includes the now in development Iron Man 2 as well as a farther off Iron Man 3

"Paramount is an excellent partner and an outstanding global distributor," said Marvel's David Maisel in a company issued press release. "Through our experience on Iron Man, Paramount has demonstrated a passion and ability to release Marvel properties theatrically, allowing us to focus on making great movies for the largest audience possible."

"Coming off of Iron Man's incredible success this summer, we could not be more excited about extending our relationship with Marvel," commented Rob Moore, the Vice Chariman of Paramount Pictures. "Marvel's iconic brand, its popular characters and its proven ability to create compelling and visually spellbinding films complement Paramount's great history of filmmaking. We look forward to a long and successful run together."

While work is ongoing for the Iron Man 2 storyline neither Paramount nor Marvel has indicated that any development on an idea for a third Iron Man film has taken place. At this point in the film's lifecycle it seems to exist only as a likely possibility and not as a hard fact (although the contract clauses for actors Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard and Gwyneth Paltrow do include working on a third Iron Man should the powers that be want one.)

- Paramount Pictures. Comment on this Scoop (0)


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